June 30, 2016


June 30 ….2016 Summer Showcase Series - The Buddy Holly Center is gearing up for another summer of music and fun with the 2016 Summer Showcase Concert Series. This week, local guitar hero John Sprott plays Rock 'n' Roll. Summer Showcase 2016 is free to the public. There will be a cash bar, food and beverages available for purchase. Please, no outside beverages are allowed. Performances are every Thursday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Meadows Courtyard, 1810 Crickets Avenue.

June 30….Hub Performing Arts School Presents: Kids On Broadway - Beat the heat and come see this amazing performance. Kids on Broadway celebrates shows that feature kids including You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Music Man, The Sound of Music, Addams Family, 13, Cinderella, Les Miserables, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Matilda and Oliver. Tickets are only $5.00. All Saints High School, 3222 – 103rd Street; 6:30 p.m.


June 30 - July 1….Moonlight Musicals Presents: “Seussical” (HELD OVER) - To begin their 11th summer season, Moonlight Musicals is happy to announce their upcoming production of the charming Dr. Seuss inspired tale, “Seussical”. The story centers around the tale of Horton the elephant and his quest to protect the dust-speck of Whoville and the Whos who live there. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, “Seussical” will entertain all ages and keep you laughing for days, while also showing the potent powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community. Picnics and coolers welcome! For tickets visit Select-A-Seat at www.ticketsage.com/ or call (806) 770-2000. Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre, 413 East Broadway; Gates open at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 8 p.m.

July 1….First Friday Art Trail - See the regular art venues...plus the exciting monthly additions showcasing art and artists downtown and throughout Lubbock. Catch a trolley or bus at many of the locationsor pick up a FFAT map at any of the venues to see the art that can befound throughout the community each month during the event. First Friday Art Trail trolleys run continuously in downtown Lubbock during FFAT hours. Trolleys are free and you will find a "trolleyteer" on each trolley who is a treasure trove of info about FFAT and the arts in Lubbock and will help you navigate with ease. For more info and complete schedule click HERE! The trail runs throughout downtown and the Depot District. Event runs from 6 - 9 p.m.

July 1…. A Tribute to Garth Brooks/ Keith Whitley/ Reba/ Alabama - Garth Brooks
became the biggest-selling recording artist in the history of country music with smash hits like "Friends In Low Places", "The Dance" and "Shameless". Keith Whitley began his career in bluegrass in the early '70s....moving steadily into hardcore country in the 1980s and bursting onto the national scene with the hits "Miami My Amy", "Homecoming '63" and "Hard Livin'". Reba McEntire - the redhead vocal powerhouse who morphed into the lady who only needs ONE name - dominated the female awards category for nearly three decades. With hits like "How Blue", "Little Rock", "Whoever's In New England", "Fancy" and dozens more, Reba crossed over from country music to the pop charts; the silver screen; the stages of Broadway; and, of course, television. Alabama - the most successful group in the history of the country genre - scored an astounding 41 chart-topping hits from the late 1970s into the new millennium. Fronted by vocalist Randy Owen, the four-piece band had hit after hit, including: "Love In the First Degree", "Feels So Right" and "Roll On" to name only a few. Join the Stars of the Cactus as they deliver this timeless tribute to four of country's greatest all-time hit-makers. Tickets for this unforgettable night of country classics are only $20....so get your tickets today! Please contact the box office at 806-762-3233 to purchase tickets. Reserved seating. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.


July 2….Lubbock Downtown Farmer’s Market - Held each Saturday, June through October, this unique gathering of area producers, specialty food and beverage providers and select artisans specializing in homegrown or homemade. Held in the Depot District area, this weekly event has become a highlight of the summer months and offers something for everyone. Support your local growers and be part of the "locally produced" movement. CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Looking for people who would like to be a market ambassador! duties include: answering questions, getting people to sign-up for email updates, selling LDFM bags and just welcoming people to the market. Work one Saturday or as many as you like. 8:30 a.m. – noonish. Please email lauradennyanderson@gmail.com, comment or send a message if you are interested & we will contact you with instructions on how to apply! Be there at 9 a.m. – produce is available until vendors sell out! Tornado Gallery,1822 Buddy Holly Avenue; 9 a.m.

July 2….Copper Breaks State Park - The nationally acclaimed public astronomy program will highlight mythology and the ways other cultures have interpreted the planets. Terry Paridon will return as presenter and will lead participants in a naked eye exploration of the night sky beginning at sunset, around 9 p.m. in the Big Pond campground. In addition to the after-dark programs, Sky Guide volunteer Earl Foster will again offer Sun Fun at 5 p.m. Earl Foster is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and will lead a close up tour of our own star, the Sun, exploring the spectrum, solar prominences, and viewing through telescopes fitted with filters for safe observation. Nighttime observing begins after sunset. Paridon will begin the program with a tour of the darkening sky-the original StarWalk. Blending science with history, legend, and lore, he will take the public on a trip through major constellations spotlighting bright stars and introducing the “star-hopping” technique to find other interesting objects. After the StarWalk, the public is invited to view these various dark-sky objects through telescopes and binoculars with the help of knowledgeable Sky Guide volunteers. Copper Breaks is one of only four International Dark Sky Parks in Texas. Upon entering the park, StarWalk signs will direct visitors to Big Pond Campground and parking. The quarter-mile walk into the observing area is on lighted asphalt and extra assistance for the handicapped is available from park personnel. For more information on the StarWalk program, or other Copper Breaks events or facilities, contact the park daily during regular business hours at 940-839-4331. Copper Breaks State Park is located 13 miles south of Quanah and eight miles north of Crowell on State Highway 6.

July 2….College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction- The winningest coach and the winningest pitcher in college baseball history, as well as one of the leading hitters of his era, highlight the 2016 National College Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. This year's class, which will be inducted as a part of the annual Night of Champions celebration of college baseball is headlined by University of Texas coach Augie Garrido, winner of five national championships and the winningest coach in college baseball history, and Florida State's JD Drew, a two-time consensus All-American and winner of five national player of the year awards in 1997. Also included in the class are Jackson State coach Bob Braddy, the winningest baseball coach in Southwestern Athletic Conference history with 824 wins and 12 SWAC championships; Marietta College pitcher Matt DeSalvo, whose 53 wins make him the winningest college pitcher in history; Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday, named National Player of the Year in 1965 by The Sporting News; the University of Houston's Tom Paciorek, a two-time first-team All-American who led the Cougars to the finals of the 1967 College World Series; and Valdosta State coach Tommy Thomas, who retired as the winningest coach in NCAA Division II history. Visit http://web.collegebaseballhall.org/index.jsp to reserve tickets. Overton Hotel Sunset Ballroom, 2322 Mac Davis Ln; Reception 5:30 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m.

July 2….La Raza on the Plaza with La Mafia - Opening Act: Rudy Tudy & the Heavy Dutys. With three decades of musicianship, 38 albums, 12 million units sold and four Grammy awards, the Texas based La Mafia has paved trails in the Tejano and Latin music scenes. Tickets are available at Select-A-Seat locations. $15 Advanced / $20 at the Gate. Lubbock County Courthouse Square, 904 Broadway; Gates open at 6:30 p.m./ Show at 7 p.m.

July 2….A Tribute to KISS - AC/DC - Guns N' Roses - Three iconic rock bands - each spanning the last three decades - one exciting night of rock! With their over-the-top stage shows starting in the mid-1970s, KISS became the most marketing-savvy band in history...and gave us the rock standards "Rock 'n Roll All Nite", "Detroit Rock City" and "Beth". Australia's hard-rocking AC/DC came along toward the end of that decade and powered into the '80s with arena-shaking songs like "Back In Black", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and, of course, "You Shook Me All Night Long". Then, in the mid-'80s, Guns n’ Roses emerged from the LA rock scene with the instant-classic "Sweet Child O' Mine". They followed with "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City" and more...filling stadiums and rocking their way into history. These three powerhouse rock bands are fittingly feted in this high-energy tribute by the one and only Cactus band - led by our own master of the fret and certified guitar slinger, Dustin Garrett. Don't miss this amazing show - a tribute to a trio of bonafide hard rock heroes. For those about to rock....indeed....we salute you! Tickets only $20 for this rock solid night of fun. Please contact the box office at 806-762-3233 to purchase tickets. Reserved seating. Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

July 3….Texas Country Street Dance – Featuring the Turnpike Troubadours and Dirty River Boys. Tickets are available at Select-A-Seat locations. $20 Advance / $25 at the Gate. There will also be a Mechanical Bull for $5.00 / person. Lubbock County Courthouse Square, 904 Broadway; Show at 7 p.m.

July 3….Buffalo Springs Lake Fireworks Extravaganza - The show will begin at dark, approximately between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Come EARLY to avoid lines and to find a good spot. Make it an all day event! We are a great location for family fun! Beaches, Fishing, Nature Trails, Picnic Areas, and Water Sports. Gate Admission: 65+ = $2, 12-64 = $8, 6-11 = $3, 0-5 = Free. Gate is open 24 hours a day.Buffalo Springs Lake, 9999 High Meadow Road.

July 3 (also, new programs July 10, 17)….Westwinds Brass Band Summer Concerts in the Park - During the summer the Westwinds Brass Band presents a series of seven “Concerts in the Park” in Lubbock on Sunday evenings in June and July. Attendees to these free concerts bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an “old fashioned concert in the park.” These concerts feature a completely new program for each concert. Included on these concerts are traditional band favorites, marches, patriotic selections, and a soloist for each concert. Another highlight of the program is the “kids march,” where kids of all ages march around the concert area and are awarded “goodies” at the end. Wagner Park, 26th and Flint; 8 p.m.

"Happy Independence Day!"

July 4….Yankee Doodle Dash and Sparkler Sprint: 5K - 1 Mile - 100 Yard Dash - The 4th on Broadway is a treasured tradition for families on the South Plains. Go back in time to the Spirit of 1776 with the Yankee Doodle Dash (5K or 1 Mile) that will take you along the parade route of the historic streets of Broadway and through the beautiful Mackenzie Park. The Sparkler Sprint (100 Yard Dash - free for kids 6-12) will have the children kicking up some fireworks between the crowds as they line the streets before the parade. Visit http://www.westtexasendurance.com/ for more information. Registration is 6:30 a.m. and race starts at 7 a.m.

July 4th on Broadway Parade - The parade route begins at Avenue M moving down Broadway travelling through the park ending at Parkway Drive from 9 – 11 a.m.

July 4….4th of July "Picnic in the Park" - The largest free festival in Texas returns, switching from Broadway to Mackenzie Park this year. Your toes will be tapping all day, thanks to musical guests performing on seven different stages. The event also features arts and crafts, games, inflatables, a rock wall, face painting and dozens of street vendors. You won’t want to miss this annual tradition.
Music stages from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring:
Fiesta Stage
• Kids Stage
• Country & Rock Stage
• Singer/Songwriter Stage
• Stars & Stripes Stage
• Variety Stage
• Gospel Stage
Vendors selling food from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kids Corral from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Arts & Crafts, Carnival Games, Inflatables, Rock Wall, Spider Wall, Water Slides, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Music, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bouncers and Much More!
Mackenzie Park, 601 Municipal Drive
Permit Free Fishing
• 8am – 5pm in Mackenzie Park
• Bring your own bait and poles to enjoy!

Enjoy the free evening concert at 7:30 p.m. Mackenzie Park along with the Gandy’s Fireworks Extravaganza which will begin at dusk.
Looking Ahead in the Calendar....
July 8, 9, 15, 16….CATS Playhouse Presents: Hartburn Hotel
July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29….Moonlight Kids: Into The Woods Jr.

July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23…Moonlight Musicals: Pirates of Penzance
July 9….Arboretum Second Saturday Program
July 9….Roundtable: Retired Lt. Gen. Bernhard Mittemeyer

Many more UPCOMING FUN THINGS TO DO are listed on our website...lots further out than the weekly postcard. Click here to go to our CALENDAR OF EVENTS for more info on these activites and MORE>

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